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Old 02-19-2009, 12:13 PM
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event : F1 2009 shooting locations

First of all, can we discuss about a sport event without posting pix in here from the TS? I couldn't find a proper place .

Anyway, F1 is just around the corner so need some recommendations from members here on the best location as a spectator to pan those cars. I could only afford to buy the Hillstands tickets so no way I could be too close to the cars at Main Straight, back straight or Turn 15. I have only 55-250mm IS zoom lens only .

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I had not been to the hillstands.

Here's one from the tower looking down on turn 15 (2007);


Here's one from the straights opposite the pits (2007)


The best spectator area for photography is K1 grandstands;
shooting them as they take turn 1 (2008);


or panning as they leave turn 2 (2008);


At K1 grandstand, 200mm is sufficient.
I hope others can help you about hillstands.
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:02 PM
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Thanks alot chenws!

Need more comments from the hillstanders ...
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Thanks alot chenws!

Need more comments from the hillstanders ...
I've been at hillstand G and also grandstand K1. Surprisingly, you might get a better view on the hillstand than on a semi 'cheap' grandstand like K1, because the grandstand seats are fixed and you might be stuck with a seat thats too far away. Whereas on the hillstands, you can wander all along the hill.

On hillstand G, there is a fence blocking you but you can actually go to almost a few meters from the cars passing. You may be able to poke your lens thru the chainlink fence. If you are on hillstand G, be careful of the sharp corner as cars sometimes lose control and slam into it. The car wont hit you, but there'll be lots of carbon fiber and other whatnots flying around.
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I've been at hillstand G and also grandstand K1. Surprisingly, you might get a better view on the hillstand than on a semi 'cheap' grandstand like K1, because the grandstand seats are fixed and you might be stuck with a seat thats too far away...
well, not really stuck. F1 Sepang is never full house at K1 grandstand. Still free to move about even on race day. But definitely can move anywhere on practice and qualifying days. I heard that this year the races start in the late afternoon and we might be getting some spectacular sunset F1 images.

Cottonteil, any images from hillstand to share?
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So hillstand G is good enough for shooting....18-250..is that good enough a reach? Do i need a tripod or monopod? Is there shelter if it rains? Also when usually is the date and time for the pit walks and how much usually is the cost?
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So hillstand G is good enough for shooting....18-250..is that good enough a reach? Do i need a tripod or monopod? Is there shelter if it rains? Also when usually is the date and time for the pit walks and how much usually is the cost?
18-250? I'd never shot from hillstand. But my guess is that at the fence 250mm is enough for F1 cars.

Tripod and monopod? with small lens, forget about them. Use them for big lenses like 400mmf2.8 and above.

C2 hillstands are covered, but too far away from the action. You'll have to leave the covered area to go down the hill to get close to the action.

I'm not sure about pitwalks for F1 races. It's reserved for paddocks seats and VIP only. At other events, the pitwalk is only for Mall Grandstand spectators only. Hillstand tickets holder, no access to pits.

Prices of tickets for this year's F1 (if you are a student, there are some cheap tickets at the tower)
http://malaysiangp.com.my/story/formula-1-f1-tickets
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I was at the C2 hillstands before...

The problem when u go near the fence is that u get some distractions from the barricade fences. I was shooting from the tightest corner in the track and angle was just always from the back so i decided to shoot further across right before the final turn.

Just an example..

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You're usually fairly free to move around as long as you don't block anyones view.

Last time I went I was in Diamond grandstand, I have to say expensive tickets but a pretty lousy view as you only get to see the straight.

And DAMN on the straight they are going fast, panning is a nightmare (1/320-1/400s).





I used 70-300mm VR.

These were shot from K1 stand at 90mm for A1 GP.

http://www.shaolintiger.com/2006/11/...f-motorsports/
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This is one of my shots from tower grandstand. I using Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm G lens without VR with a Nikon D40.
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